We reopen for the 2013 season on Saturday, March 9 and have a packed programme of activities and events for the whole family.
If you live in the CA13 area you can visit free of charge on our first weekend – just bring along proof of postcode, such as a utility bill.
Or join us any other day of the season. We’re open Saturday to Thursday – plus selected holiday Fridays – until November 3, and there are always lots of interesting things going on.
Listen to a ten-minute talk about Georgian life, some spooky stories or a poetry reading by one of the costumed servants. Watch a conservation demonstration, or roll up your sleeves and help out in the kitchen or get busy at a craft workshop. Dress up in replica costume, play with reproduction toys, write with a quill pen or turn detective with a house or garden trail… the possibilities are endless!
Wine with the Wordsworths
On Thursday, April 18, we’re offering a chance to sample some delicious wines and cheeses – and learn about Georgian drinking habits. Join Nick and Wendy from Shills of Cockermouth and the Wordsworth House and Garden team at 6pm for a very special tasting in our dining room and Georgian kitchen. The evening includes an exclusive out-of-hours view of the house. Tickets are £25 each, and I’m told by the team that booking is essential. Call 01900 824805 to reserve your place.
Dine like a Georgian
A week later, on Thursday, April 25, there’s an exclusive opportunity to dine like a Georgian. Arrive at 5pm to enjoy drinks and cookery demonstrations in our 18th-century kitchen with Amy, the maid. Learn some simple-to-replicate Georgian recipes to impress at your next dinner party, and have an exclusive evening view of the house. You will then retire to the Trout Hotel next door for a three-course Georgian meal, which includes some of the delicacies demonstrated. Fabulous! Tickets are £50 per person and, again, booking is essential – just ring to secure your place.
It’s less than three weeks until Wordsworth House and Garden opens for the new season. There’s lots still to do, but we’re getting really excited. We’re so looking forward to welcoming all our visitors – seeing old friends back again and making many new ones.
There’s so much going on – and I don’t want to spoil the surprises for when you visit – but here’s a taster…
Work is nearly complete on our brilliant new hands-on Wordsworth Room – we’re just waiting for the artist to come and cover the walls with poetry!
In the cellar, my friends John and Will have been beavering away to re-create the Wordsworth family’s larder. Here’s a picture of John lime-washing the walls – but we’re not going to let you see anything else, as we want you to experience this amazing room first-hand.
Our fabulous new garden exhibition made with upcycled textiles, created by local artist Dianne Standen, is just about to be installed. The picture at the top shows Amanda and Alex getting heads-on with some of Dianne’s creations!
I know I keep saying how talented all our wonderful volunteers are here at Wordsworth House and Garden. But it’s true – and here’s another great example.
Room volunteer and gifted harpsichord player Bill Paul has had one of his photographs shortlisted in a national competition celebrating our special places.
My close friends gardener Amanda and costumed servants’ supremo Alex have already voted, as they have both visited Dunstanburgh and love the place.
If you’d like to see the other entries – and maybe cast a vote yourself, log on to our volunteering website and create a profile (it only takes a few seconds).
Bill says: “I was born in the north, and have always loved the north-east coast.
“Historic castles are a special favourite of mine, and Dunstanburgh is an excellent example. We see them now as ruins, but I like to imagine them bustling with military might in their heyday and full of activity.
“I hope this photograph emphasises the dominance of the setting. The evening light and the sepia tone gives a feeling of timelessness.”